Canadian Grain Regulations Amended for CUSMA

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The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is making amendments to the Canada Grain Act and Canada Grain Regulations as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) comes into effect, the commission says in a news release on June 23.

As of July 1, grain grown in the U.S. will be able to receive an official Canadian grade if it’s a variety registered in Canada. Also the requirement of a country of origin statement on inspection certificates for grain grown in the U.S. will be removed, and it’ll be mandatory for people, including licensed grain companies, who sell grain to a CGC licensee to complete a declaration of eligibility.

The declaration of eligibility will provide valuable information to protect Canada’s grain quality assurance system and will ensure producers receive the appropriate grain grade and payment for deliveries, the release notes. The delivery declaration regulations build on the existing declaration process already used across much of the grain sector in Western Canada. In Eastern Canada, the CGC will work with grain sector stakeholders to phase in the declaration during the 2020-21 crop year.

American producers who deliver grain to Canada will have the same obligations as Canadian producers. The declarations requirement will help accommodate U.S. grain by ensuring reliable information on seed registration is provided, the release says.